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Culture Wars in the US Supreme Court - JTM517
Anglický název: Culture Wars in the US Supreme Court
Český název: Kulturní války v Nejvyšším soudu USA
Zajišťuje: Katedra severoamerických studií (23-KAS)
Fakulta: Fakulta sociálních věd
Platnost: od 2022
Semestr: zimní
E-Kredity: 6
Způsob provedení zkoušky: zimní s.:
Rozsah, examinace: zimní s.:1/1, Zk [HT]
Počet míst: 16 / neurčen (20)
Minimální obsazenost: 5
Virtuální mobilita / počet míst: ne
Stav předmětu: vyučován
Jazyk výuky: angličtina
Způsob výuky: prezenční
Poznámka: předmět je možno zapsat mimo plán
povolen pro zápis po webu
při zápisu přednost, je-li ve stud. plánu
Garant: Alexander William Carl Hornaday
Vyučující: Alexander William Carl Hornaday
Třída: Courses for incoming students
Anotace - angličtina
Poslední úprava: Bc. Jana Poskerová (13.10.2022)
More in other parts of the syllabus
Podmínky zakončení předmětu - angličtina
Poslední úprava: Alexander William Carl Hornaday (23.09.2022)

20% Preparation and Participation – Students are required to attend class meetings regularly, do the assigned readings before class including an assigned reading for the first day , and contribute to class discussions. Students who miss 4 or more class sessions will receive 0 for this portion of the evaluation.

20% Case Brief – Students will be required to read and brief a case in 1000-1200 words. The instructor will provide a list of possible cases. Due on October 31, 2022,

20% Reaction Paper – Students will select a case to read, and write a 1800-2200 word reaction in which the students brief the case and provide the student's own analysis of and opinion about the Court's decision. The instructor will provide a list of possible cases. Due on December 5th, 2022.

40% Final Test – The final test will be based on the readings and discussions and include identifications and open-ended short essays. 

Students will be permitted to revise and resubmit the Case Brief and Reaction Paper for additional credit.

Evaluation of course work will be primarily based on the substantive quality of the work, and minor English grammar mistakes will not affect the grade. Students may request feedback on the quality of their English usage. 

The grading will be as follows:

  • 91% and more   =>            A
  • 81-90%             =>            B
  • 71-80%             =>            C
  • 61-70%             =>            D
  • 51-60%             =>            E
  • 0-50%               =>            F

Ethics for Submitted Materials:

(A) Any use of quoted texts in submitted papers  must be acknowledged. Such use must meet the following conditions:

1. Citations for quoted and paraphrased material should be in footnotes. Paraphrased material should be indicated by the word "See" at the beginning of the citation. 

For example: See Griswold v. Connecticut , 381 US 479, 488 (1965)

2. For quotations of 50 words or less, the beginning and end of the quoted passage must be shown with quotation marks. For quotations longer than 50 words, the quoted text should be a block quotation with the left margin of the quoted text indented.

3. When quoting from cases, the first citation should include the full case name , the volume number of the reporter, the name of reporter, the first page of the case in the reporter, the page of the quoted text, (the year of the case).

For example: Griswold v. Connecticut , 381 US 479, 488 (1965).

        Subsequent citations to cases may use the short form, which includes an abbreviated case name, number of the reporter, name of the reporter, the word "at", and the page of the quoted text

For Example: Griswold , 381 US at 488.

4. When quoting from periodicals or books, citations should include the name(s) of author(s), book or article titles, the year of publication, and page from which the passage is quoted;

5. The first citation for sources found on the Internet, not including cases, must include a full web address where the text can be found as well as the date the web page was visited by the author.

It is recommended to use the style of either The Bluebook or The Chicago Manual of Style.

(B) In case the use of any texts other than those written by the author is established without proper acknowledgment as defined in (A), the paper will be deemed plagiarized and handed over to the Disciplinary Commission of the Faculty of Social Sciences.

Literatura - angličtina
Poslední úprava: Alexander William Carl Hornaday (28.09.2022)

Notebook:

  • "Excerpt" refers to edited selections from the Supreme Court decision
  • "Case Brief" refers to a summary of the case prepared by the instructor
  • "Syllabus" refers to an official summary prepared by the United States Supreme Court

Readings for the fourth and subsequent lectures will be sent by email.

UNIT I: Introduction to the United States Supreme Court

1. Hhow to read a case, overview of the Supreme Court and how to get there.

Required: 

     1st Amendment to the US Constitution

     Cohen v. California , 403 US 15 (1971) - Excerpt [Warning: The language may be difficult. Students might find it helpful to search online for a summary or explanation.]

     Frontline PBS | Official, "(UPDATE) Supreme Revenge: Battle for the Supreme Court," YouTube Video 53:18, Nov. 25, 2020, available online at  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Be6H_9JSva8 (last visited Sept. 12, 2022)

2. How the Supreme Court reviews cases: State action, standards of review, and suspect classes

Required:  

     Yick Wo v. Hopkins , 118 US 356 (1886) – Case Brief

     US v. Carolene Products Co.,  304 US 144 (1938) - Excerpt

     Shelley v. Kraemer,  304 US 144 (1948) - Case Brief

Recommended:

     Shelley v. Kraemer,  304 US 144 (1948) - Excerpts

UNIT II: Education

3. Race and Education

Required Reading:

     13 th  , 14 th  , and 15 th  Amendments to the US Constitution   

     Plessy v. Ferguson , 163 US 537 (1896) – Case Brief

     Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka , 347 US 483 (1954) – Excerpt

     Grutter v. Bollinger , 539 US 306 (2003) – Syllabus/Case Brief

     Kiara Alfonseca,  Critical Race Theory in the Classroom: Understanding the Debate , ABC News (May 19, 2021), available online at  https://abcnews.go.com/US/critical-race-theory-classroom-understanding-debate/ story?id=77627465  (last visited July 11, 2022).

Recommended:

     Section IV of Powell's opinion in  Regents of the University of California v. Bakke , 438 US 265, 305-14 (1978)

4. Religion and Education

Required:

     Engel v. Vitale , 370 US 421 (1962) - Case Brief

     Lemon v. Kurtzman,  403 US 602 (1971)  - Syllabus

     Westside Community Board of Ed v. Mergens,  496 US 226 (1990) - Syllabus

     Kennedy v. Bremerton School District - Excerpt

     Dustin Jones and Jonathan Franklin,  Not just Florida. More than a dozen states propose so-called 'Don't Say Gay' bills  , NPR (April 10, 2022) available at  https://www.npr.org/2022/04/10/1091543359/15-states-dont -say-gay-anti-transgender-bills  (last visited Sept. 7, 2022)

Recommended:

     JJ McCullough, “How Evangelicals Became Republicans,” YouTube Video 32:03, July 19, 2020   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zpLCIc5PvQw  (Last visited Sept. 6, 2022)

     Engel v. Vitale , 370 US 421 (1962) – Majority Opinion

UNIT III: Law and Order

5. Free Speech and Its Limitations

Required:                                   

     One Inc. v. Olesen , 241 F.2d 772 (8th Cir. 1957) – Case Brief

     Brandenburg v. Ohio,  395 US 444 (1969) - Excerpts

     National Socialist Party of America v. Skokie , 432 US 43 (1977) – Case Brief

     Island Trees Sch. District  v. Pico , 457 US 853 (1982) - Case Brief

     Angel Haupt,  The Rise in Book Bans Explained , Washington Post (June 9, 2022) available at  https://www.washingtonpost.com/books/2022/06/09/rise-book-bans-explained/  (Last visited Sept .6, 2022)

Recommended:

     Debs v. United States , 249 US 211 (1919) - Case Brief

6. Class Canceled for IMS Career Day

Recommended:    

     LastWeekTonight, “Voting Rights: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO),” YouTube video, 7:48 p.m., Sept. 27, 2021  https://youtu.be/EN9OdruH_qM  (last visited Sept. 7, 2022). 

     PBS NewsHour, “What the Supreme Court's decision on Arizona voting laws means for voting rights,” YouTube video, 8:44, July 2, 2022  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H_bzwh5GAag  (last visited Sept. 7, 2022)

7. Police Power

Required:

     4th , 5th and  6th  Amendments  to the US Constitution

     Miranda v. Arizona , 384 US 436 (1966) - Case Brief

     Terry v. Ohio , 392 US 1 (1968) - Case Brief

     Graham v. Connor , 490 US 386 (1989) - Case Brief

     Case summary:  State of Minnesota v. Chauvin

     [News articles regarding BLM]

Recommended:

     Vegah v. Tekoh  - Excerpts

8. Guns

Required:

     2ndAmendment  to the US Constitution

     District of Columbia v. Heller , 554 US 570 (2008)  – Syllabus/Excerpts

     McDonald v. Chicago,  561 US 742 (2010) – Syllabus/Excerpts

     NY State Rifle & Pistol Assn v. Bruen  - Syllabus/Excerpts

UNIT IV: Privacy Rights

9. Sex and Marriage

Required:

     Griswold v. Connecticut , 381 US 479, 488 (1965) – Case Brief

     Loving v. Virginia , 388 US 1 (1967) – Case Brief/Excerpts

     Roe v. Wade , 410 US 113 (1973) – Syllabus and Excerpts  

     Planned Parenthood v. Casey , 505 US 833 (1992) – Excerpts

Recommended:

      The Economist, “How America politicized abortion,” YouTube video 12:09 p.m., Dec. 4, 2019,  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jerdBX3JeOk (last visited Sept. 7, 2022)

10. LGBTQ+ Rights

Required:

     Bowers v. Hardwick,  478 US 186 (1986) - Case Brief

     Lawrence v. Texas,  539 US 558 (2003) - Syllabus  

     Obergefell v. Hodges,  576 US 644 (2015) – Syllabus and Excerpts

     Bostock v. Clayton County , 590 US __ (2020) – Syllabus

     [News Articles about Arkansas Act 626]

11. One Case to Rule (Ruin?) Them All

Required:

     Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization  - Excerpts

UNIT V: Conclusion

12. Coming Up: Cases the Supreme Court will consider in the future (Cases subject to change)

Required (Subject to Change):

     Case Summary:  Students for Fair Admission v. Harvard  [Affirmative Action]

     Case Summary:  303 Creative LLC v. Elenis  [Providing services to gay customers]

     [Case Summary:  Moore v. Harper  ]

Metody výuky - angličtina
Poslední úprava: Bc. Jana Poskerová (13.10.2022)

More in other parts of the syllabus

Sylabus - angličtina
Poslední úprava: Alexander William Carl Hornaday (15.09.2022)

UNIT I: Introduction to the United States Supreme Court

     Oct. 3: How to read a case, overview of the Supreme Court, and how to get there.

     Oct. 10: How the Supreme Court reviews cases: [State action, standards of review, and suspect classes]

UNIT II: Education

     Oct. 17: Race and Education [Segregation and affirmative action]

     Oct. 24: Religion and Education [Prayer in school and so-called "Don't Say Gay" bills]

UNIT III: Law and Order

     Oct. 31: Free Speech and Its Limitations [Obscenity, incitement, and banning books]

     Nov. 7: Cancelled for IMS Career Day     

     Nov. 14: Police Power [Rights of the accused, use of force, and the BLM movement]

     Nov. 21: Guns [The individual right to possess a gun]

UNIT IV: Privacy Rights

     Nov. 28: Sex and Marriage [Contraception, interracial marriage, and abortion]

     Dec. 5: LGBTQ+ Rights [Sodomy laws, gay marriage, and antidiscrimination in employment]

     Dec. 12: One Case to Rule (Ruin?) Them All:   Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization - Excerpts

UNIT V: Conclusion

     Dec. 19: Coming Up: Cases the Supreme Court will consider in the future 

 

 
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